Mythological Scene

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In the centre, a young man playing a viola da gamba is garlanded by a woman, whilst others pick blossom and gather blooms. Venetian artists in the first half of the sixteenth century painted numerous pastoral scenes in which youths languidly make music. It is likely that no specific subject was intended beyond an idyllic union of the beauties of landscape and music. The oblong format suggests that the panel formed part of a series which decorated a room, possibly a library. The Venetian artist, Paris Bordone, specialised in small mythological scenes.

Mythological Scene


probably 1530s


oil on wood


H 41.7 x W 96.3 cm

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purchased, 1961

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